How To Install: A Ceiling Fan

A light is great, but studies show that a light plus a fan is down right amazing! Ceiling fans save money on heating and cooling while adding comfort and beauty to almost any room. Today we’re going to show you how to install a new ceiling fan in the place of a light fixture or an older fan.

Here’s a list of things that you’re going to need: Screwdriver, Drill and drill bits, Pliers, Ladder or Stool, Wire connectors, Wire strippers, Electrical tape, Drywall knife, and an extendable ceiling fan bracket. We also recommend a drop cloth to catch any of the drywall pieces as you cut into your ceiling.

The first and most important step is to turn off the circuit breaker that powers the old fixture.

Next, detach the old light fixture from the ceiling.

The next step involves installing a new brace to support the weight of the fan. Skip this step if you’re simply swapping out an old fan.

First, you need take out the light box. A trick we learned to knock the old box out without causing damage, is to place a piece of wood against the old box, and hammer the board to until it pops out of place. In our experience, no damage was caused and the box was removed easily.

Next, we traced the size of the new light box, and cut out a hole to fit the new ceiling fan box.

Then we installed this extendable ceiling fan brace, which you can find at your local Lowe’s. To install, fit the brace in through the hole, and then make sure the brace is flush with the ceiling.

Then extend the brace until the ends of the brace are secure in the joists.

Now install the ceiling fan box to the brace.

Next install the ceiling fan bracket that came with the fan.

With the brace, box and bracket in place, you’re now ready to attach the fan.

For this particular fan, we found it easier to assemble the main housing on the ground, hang it on the ceiling and attach the blades afterward.

After the main housing is assembled, hang the ceiling fan on the bracket and connect the wires by matching the colors. White to white, black to black and ground to ground. If you’re not comfortable with electrical wiring, contact a licensed electrician. Then finish securing the housing to the ceiling.

Next, assemble the fan blades and attach them to the housing. Be sure to tighten the blades well so they won’t wobble.

If your fan has a light kit, like ours did, then assemble the fixture and attach it to the ceiling fan per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Many fans now come with a remote or switch that allows you to control the fan’s unique settings. After the fan is installed, simply install the included remote on the wall per the instructions.

Turn the power back on and enjoy!

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